China is entering a new era of energy and environmental laws aimed at clearing the air while ratcheting down carbon pollution. At a CEF meeting on 9/11, policy analysts and environmental activists working on Chinese energy issues praised a new air pollution law aimed at restricting various forms of smog. But, they argued, while China is increasingly serious about tackling the twin challenges of climate change and air pollution, the government needs still more tools to restrict the growth of coal.
Electricity on the Move: China’s Network of Transmission Lines Moving Coal Power and Hydropower EastwardSep 16, 2015
“Tracking the Energy Titans,” an interactive infographic from the Wilson Center, draws on data for the United States, China, and Canada to compare national energy trends in consumption, production, imports, exports, and environmental impacts.
Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States accelerated only a few years ago, but Chinese companies are now building a variety of solar and wind farms, electric-vehicle manufacturing plants and other greenfield energy projects across America. However, Chinese direct investment in the US clean-energy sector is greatly influenced by local policies, policy experts said in a CEF meeting on July 30.
CEF Director Jennifer Turner Talked on NPR about How Can Beijing Get Enough Snow for 2022 Winter OlympicsAug 04, 2015
Among the questions raised by Beijing's bid for the Winter Olympics was this one. Where are they going to get the snow? In its evaluation of the bid, the Olympic Committee noted minimal snowfall in the area, so the games, they concluded, will rely completely on artificial snow. Jennifer Turner, CEF Director at Wilson Center was interviewed by NPR's Melissa Block on water issues for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
"For the surrounding area, they are going to get the water there to make the snow, and there will definitely be losers. And it could be local, smaller villages and remaining farming communities," says Jennifer Turner in this interview on NPR.
In March 1999, not long after he was sworn in as the 47th mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown called Lesley Estes, the supervisor of the city’s watershed protection program. Brown, who is now California’s governor, wanted the city staffer he called “Creek Lady” to describe the most formidable ideas she had to conserve natural areas, make parks more beautiful, and clean up the city’s waters.
Here in Oakland, the 64-year-old regional wastewater treatment plant has elevated an essential urban service to a new level of innovation and civic importance. The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) treatment plant, a formidable assembly of mixing tanks, pumps, and pipes on the city’s north side, has 11 megawatts of biogas-fueled electrical generating capacity, more than the plant’s power demand. The excess power is sold to the Port of Oakland, and EBMUD saves about $3 million in electric expenses a year.
Christian Science Monitor Reported CEF Panel on Combatting Environmental Degradation and Poverty in Western ChinaJul 10, 2015
In Western China, abundant but fragile natural resources are juxtaposed against lagging economic development. Citizens now can apply for micro-loans to get started in farming, provided they operate in ways that are not damaging to the environment. These new sustainable models are quickly catching on, NGO leaders said at a panel hosted Monday by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.